OLDER MEN UNLIMITED: Volunteer of the year Col Anson is awarded the prized Mullis Togo award.
OLDER MEN UNLIMITED: Volunteer of the year Col Anson is awarded the prized Mullis Togo award.

Older men reach out and lend a hand to likeminded men

FEELING isolated, or want to share or enhance your skills?

Older Men Unlimited Hervey Bay and Maryborough group hold monthly meetings and activities offering great support.

The aim of the group is to meet the needs, support and develop the interests of older men - by older men - for older men.

The group were founded in 2001 after Hervey Bay City Council received funding from Health and Aging's National Suicide Prevention Strategy for a project to support senior men living on their own and at risk of suicide.

Hervey Bay OMU secretary Gary McCarroll said it was set up as a place for older men to meet up.

"The group have grown from 12 to 15 in 2005 to 200 odd members and 40 to 50 in Maryborough," he said.

"A lot of our members are retired, single, widowers and divorcees, and the life experiences and skills these guys have is nothing short of amazing.

"It's a great club and I love being with it and it keeps me out of trouble."

The Hervey Bay group hold raffles to help fund their bus trips, hall costs, food and Christmas parties.

OMU Maryborough convenor Glen Miller said the group had a fully equipped workshop.

"Any sporting grounds and organisations that had broken equipment or needed something built should get in contact with this enthusiastic group," he said.

"The level of support from the business people has been generous."

Mr Miller said the group was always looking for new members to help on community projects and he can be phoned for more information on 4121 4724.

The Maryborough group was formed in 2012 and like its Hervey Bay affiliate the men regularly visit nursing homes, retirement villages, caravan parks and retired men living on their own.

Both groups have other smaller groups within including a fishing group, art group and walking group.

Hervey Bay

Meetings: 10am on the fourth Monday of each month at the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, 22 Charles St, Pialba.

Phone 4194 0172 - ask for OMU Office or visit omuhb.com.au.

Maryborough

Meetings: 10am on the first Tuesday of each month at the Activities and Meeting Centre, 4 Airport Dr, Maryborough Airport

Phone 4121 4724

What is OMU?

An outreach program for men in nursing homes

The group visits each nursing home once a month

The group also reaches out to older men living by themselves at home or those who are isolated

Some of the group's achievements include visiting all nursing homes on a monthly basis to have morning teas with male residents, and through the workshop - made bench seats for the Maryborough Hockey Club, outdoor furniture for the Mental Health Unit at the Base Hospital, display cases for the Wide Bay Hospital Museum and installed sliding doors at Groundwater Lodge.


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